Xavien Howard, CB, Miami Dolphins
Now it’s time to look at a trade that would be the equivalent of swinging for the fences for the Houston Texans. Now, I started writing this prior to the Boddy-Calhoun signing but that move would unlikely disallow the Texans from making this trade for Xavien Howard.
Howard was a second round pick out of Baylor by the Dolphins in the 2016 draft. The Fifth Ward of Wheatley HS in Houston, Texas native has quietly become a very good cornerback for Miami. He’s improved every year in the league and looks primed to have a full-on breakout campaign in 2019.
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So, because of that, Howard is likely to be the most expensive guy on this list. Additionally, he’s probably also the least likely to be traded but there is a lot of reason to believe he could be traded. Miami is entering the first year of what looks to be a long rebuild under a new head coach in Brian Flores.
Howard is one of their best assets and when you’re rebuilding, offloading assets can be a wise thing to do. Especially one similar to Howard who is in the last year of his rookie deal and is looking to get paid and probably for a team that has true championship aspirations. So, they can look to trade him now to capitalize on value before potentially losing him for nothing in a year.
Now, you may just remember Howard getting merked by DeAndre Hopkins this past season, which definitely happened and was incredible. But, in all fairness, Hopkins did that to a lot of players and that was probably Howard’s worst game of the season. So, it’s passable to have your worst game come against the league’s top receiver.
At the end of the day, Howard is a ball-hawking true number one corner that has the size (6’1″, 195 lbs) and speed (4.5s 40 yard dash in 2016) to lock down any receiver. The Houston Texans should definitely reach out to Miami to try to swing one of the bigger trades of the offseason. This could take the defense to another level.
The Houston Texans are a true contender right now and this offseason is pivotal in maintaining that. Executing some of these bold trades could help that process. Which trade would you like to see most? Drop a comment and let us know!